“Hello”…a missed call…

12 Oct

It was a last minute decision on this one. Yes, the movie had not created that much anticipation as the book had done. Last evening, I went out to watch “Hello” with my roommate. And since I had not liked Chetan Bhagat’s “One Night @ Call Centre” as a book that much, I went without any expectations to the theatre. I didn’t know the show timings at this local theatre called Melody (can’t expect to get tickets at multiplexes like Sathyam Cinemas and Inox here in Chennai at the last moment, Mayajaal yes is sometimes a last minute option though) but I had this vague idea that the evening show would start at 6:45pm if not at 6:30pm. And we reached the theatre 5 minutes before the movie actually started playing at 6:45pm. Tickets were easy to get…we didnt get the balcony ones, but managed to get the ‘circle’ ones for 50 bucks…and there were hardly 50 ppl there while there was space for close to 250 ppl there…80% of the theatre was empty. Phew!

Ah! The movie started rolling with the credits to begin with….and, OMG…the credits took a good 10 mins to get over….At the end of the credits, the movie seemed to have been produced by 5 production houses, sponsored by umpteen number of brands and an entire reel completely wasted on this…sheesh…

Unlike in the book, where the story is narrated in a train and the dude is an author…Dude’s a super-star here and the narration takes place in a star-hotel lounge. Before he lands in the lounge, Salman would have repeated for the Nth time, a performance on stage  where he ends up losing his shirt and standing half-Adam!! Yes, 40+ uncles these days are under pressure to build up ABS thanks to 40+ aunties following 40+ movie stars with ripped shirts and six-packers…sigh!

Katrina looks cute I must admit…she starts and ends with punchlines…check out how intelligent she is:
Starts with: “Bore wahi hote hey, jo bore hote hey”!! (Only those who get bored, get bored) 😛
Ends with: “Yakeen unko hota hey, jo yakeen karte hey”!! (Only those believe, who believe in it) 😉

The 6 characters are sketched pretty well…Shyam, Priyanka, Varun (Vroom), Esha, Radhika and Military Uncle…all seem to live upto their characterisation in the book.
The only thing I had disliked in the book, and so also in the movie was its unrealistic touch of ‘GOD’ calling up on Shyam’s cell phone…and talking on the speaker to all 6 characters making them realize about their conscience within…SO UNREAL!!

And seriously speaking…there should be some limitations…I agree the call center guys are paid well compared to a domestic help, but that doesn’t mean that these movie-guys should project the call center employees to live life king size…I mean, the way the houses of these characters are etched in the movie, the way they are dressed, their make-up, et al is very much out of place. The American accent, which is a very essential part of the call center environment hasn’t been much concentrated on. Gul Panag who plays Priyanka, agreed is ex-Miss India or something but to be blunt, she’s got fat all over and with her low neck dresses (yeah…to office…no dress code and only condom machines there) she looked like err…duh! very un-corporate…!! 😀
Suresh Menon plays the systems guy (who in the book, works to solve the ‘static’ problem) is wasted thoroughly…he acts more like a clown…even compares Rajnikanth to GOD for that matter. 😀
Songs were pathetic…none are hummable…one where Salman rips off his shirt, the lyrics go “Bang Bang, Boom Boom”…heights!! 😛 

I am actually more enthusiatic about the movie to come – “3 Idiots” – based on Chetan’s first novel “Five Point Someone”…waiting for it…And it has Aamir Khan as Hari too….yahooooo…waitin….tick tock tick tock… 😀

And ya, for this Hello movie…I would say, a must watch for a Chetan Bhagat fan else treat it as a MISSED CALL 😉 Well…my rating is 2/5. One point lost on the songs, one for the extravagant sets and costumes and one for cashing in on GOD!! 😉


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16 responses to ““Hello”…a missed call…

  1. Sanket

    October 12, 2008 at 6:27 am

    This film is a major disappointment. Even the novel wasn’t very good, it was filmy to the core but Atul Agnihotri failed to cash in on it. The credits part is mindblowingly boring with crappy animation of a computer motherboard…how innovative! The songs are absolutely bland. The dialogues coulld have been much much better. The casting was perfect though, especially Sharman Joshi. And all the actors have done pretty well.

    I can’t believe the director has wasted an opportunity to make a good movie out of a book which is filmy to the core. 😦

    Btw….Aamir playing Hari…isn’t he tad too old for that??

  2. Preeti

    October 12, 2008 at 11:21 am

    How dare you expect Kat to be intelligent?? hmph :). Theatres have become a luxury to me, as i am in a geographic location some thirty years behind civilisation. Agreed hands down on that 40+ dudes showing abs thingy. I see no point at all 🙂 and yeah, haven read the book yet, you got an e-copy, do send 🙂 cheers 🙂

  3. niveditha

    October 12, 2008 at 12:53 pm

    he he.. i expected so….
    no book adaptation is as good as the book… the movie ends up only 50% as effective as the book. so considering the book here to be well… not so great i knew this wud turn out be a not so good option to indulge ur time in! 😉

  4. Sree

    October 12, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    @ Sanket,

    Yeah I agree that the credit showoff by intermingling circuits of the mother board was too bland…it bores one after a while (and it was playing for a long while)!!
    Yeah Sharman was THE best…Sohail was a joker this time too…when will he do a serious role…the gals were fine too..
    Yeah I know…the filmi script wasnt handled well..what can you expect from Atul Agnihotri…only this production house gives him work due to him being Salman’s sister’s husband!! Phew!!
    And ya, Aamir plays Hari…I bet he will suit the character…no one thought he would portray the characters he did in DCH and RDB…this one too will be on same lines…as Katrina means to say in the movie “Yakeen karoge, toh yakeen hojaayega”!! 😉
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

  5. Sree

    October 12, 2008 at 1:37 pm

    @ Preeti,

    //How dare you expect Kat to be intelligent??// Have you heard of “Intelligence lies in the mind of the beholder”?? 😛 Dont dare to say yes…I just spoofed it…but I guess I answered your query!! 😉 Mission Accomplished!! 😆
    You see no point now madam…its the 40+ women who drool big time over those steroid bodies! 😀
    E-copy?? hehe…the movie dvds would be released soon!! 😀
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

    @ Nive,

    In this case, the movie is as good as the book…hehe…
    But I guess if you are a Chetan Bhagat fan, then you can waste that little time!! 😀
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

  6. Arun

    October 12, 2008 at 1:42 pm

    hehe if the book is bad the film is bound to be pathetic…
    and yea Aamirs too old to play Hari… I was majorly pissed off to hear that he’s in 3 idiots…whos playin Ryan?

  7. Sree

    October 12, 2008 at 1:46 pm

    @ Arun,

    Now that statement makes sense…hehe… 😛
    Well Ryan…hmm…I guess its Maddy (Madhavan) who’s playing that…dunno who plays Alok though…am waiting to see who Priya would be…heard its a new face!! 😉
    Thanks matey!! 😀

  8. Arun

    October 12, 2008 at 7:13 pm

    40 year olds playing IIT students…now that is super what !!! sigh, Hirani sold out to BO pressure ! Maddy is just not Ryan ! no way sirree ! but me votes Deepika for the lead chick !

  9. iselldreams

    October 12, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    it seems i shouldnt see this movie…

  10. Sanket

    October 12, 2008 at 9:42 pm

    Deepika as Priya sounds awesome! 😀

  11. Sree

    October 12, 2008 at 11:18 pm

    @ Arun,

    Yeah…40 yr olds playing students!!
    And yeah I so wished Deepika played that role…but I guess she’s tall enough for Aamir…still I wouldnt I have mind!! 😉
    But I heard its Kareena doing a Priya, and Aamir doing her!! 😀

    @ Isd,

    Hehe…you can if you have liked the book…Have you read that??
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

    @ Sanket,
    Hehe…indeed sounds awesome…but heard, its Kareena!! Hmm…

  12. iselldreams

    October 12, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    No i did not read the book as well…
    and ur review scared me to a point as if it is a boring one…
    anyways i will think over it 😀

  13. aparna

    October 13, 2008 at 10:00 am

    ee chetan bhagat’s book eh..i consider it to be just another blog……
    \\Starts with: “Bore wahi hote hey, jo bore hote hey”!! (Only those who get bored, get bored)
    Ends with: “Yakeen unko hota hey, jo yakeen karte hey”!! (Only those believe, who believe in it)
    \\wah sach mein kya lines hai :p
    i can also imagine how she must have delivered it with her expressionless face…

  14. Sree

    October 13, 2008 at 7:03 pm

    @ Isd,

    hehe…it isnt boring…but I meant to convey that it isnt logical!! 😀
    Do watch it when u have free time!! 😉

    @ Aparna,

    hehe…haan such mein hi waise lines hey…sahi hey na? 😛 without expressions…just like our managers!! 😉
    Thanks a lot buddy! 😀

  15. bluediamond

    October 20, 2008 at 1:32 pm

    //40+ uncles these days are under pressure to build up ABS thanks to 40+ aunties following 40+ movie stars with ripped shirts and six-packers…sigh!
    nice rhyming!!! 😀

    and what matching dialogues for Kat… aint it?? 😛 i guess who is the superb dialogue writer… And i guess the first one translates to ” Only the bore persons can get bored”?? The second is still a bouncer!

    even I had not liked the story only cos of the unrealistic call from the God!
    Even I had to choose among Hello and Kidnap, you can easily guess what I would have chosen…

  16. Sree

    October 20, 2008 at 8:04 pm

    @ AKB,

    Hehe…she looked so stupid, clueless, dumb, expressionless, et al while she uttered those dialogues and above that Salman makes her repeat those by asking “Kya kahan, phir se kahiye”!! 😀
    You did the right choice by picking out Kidnap…a little better than this one it sure would be!! 😀
    I had no choice cos I didnt go to a multiplex…but I went to melody!!
    Thanks buddy! 😀


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